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No, we won’t change the corporate world with divestment and boycotts

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Boe Pahari’s short reign as boss of AMP’s lucrative investment management division and the resignations this week of AMP chairman David Murray and board member John Fraser have shown the power of major shareholders in public companies.


There was, you may recall, public outcry about Pahari’s elevation to chief executive of AMP Capital on July 1, after it was revealed he had been reprimanded for alleged sexual harassment in 2017 and docked 25% of his A$2 million bonus that year.

In any era—but certainly in the #metoo era—handing out a traffic ticket for (alleged) sexual harassment and three years later promoting the (alleged) wrongdoer to boss of AMP’s most important business was never going to fly.

In the end it was the company’s largest shareholder, Allan Gray Australia, that delivered Murray and AMP’s chief executive, Francesco De Ferrari, an ultimatum: go now or we’ll call a

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Internet Speeds by Country – Fastest Internet In The World Map

Internet Speeds by Country – Fastest Internet In The World Map


Average Internet Speeds By Country

This interactive global map shows average internet speeds by country. Hover over a country to reveal the average internet speed. Click on a link in the index to see top 10 fastest internet speeds by average, for specific global regions.

How is average internet speed for each country measured?

Speeds are measured in Megabits Per Second (Mbps) and map data is sourced from the Q4 2015 State of the Internet Report. Analysis from more than 200 trillion requests to the Akamai CDN platform, from 149 countries worldwide. Business and residential internet connection speeds included, from unique IPs. Mobile network speeds excluded.

For more recent average internet speed updates, jump to the latest internet speed by country data:

IMPORTANT: Internet speeds in each country are AVERAGE speeds.

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Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world

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Self-healing ‘living concrete’

Bacteria growing and mineralising in the sand-hydrogel structure © Colorado University Boulder/PA

Bacteria growing and mineralising in the sand-hydrogel structure © Colorado University Boulder/PA

Scientists have developed what they call living concrete by using sand, gel and bacteria.

Researchers said this building material has structural load-bearing function, is capable of self-healing and is more environmentally friendly than concrete – which is the second most-consumed material on Earth after water.

The team from the University of Colorado Boulder believe their work paves the way for future building structures that could “heal their own cracks, suck up dangerous toxins from the air or even glow on command”.

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Living robots

Scientists create ‘living robot’ © Douglas Blackiston/Tufts University/PA

© Douglas Blackiston/Tufts University/PA

Tiny hybrid robots made using stem cells from frog embryos could one day be used to swim around human bodies to specific areas requiring medicine, or to gather microplastic in the oceans.

“These are novel living machines,” said Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert

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Technological Progress – Our World in Data

In the chart shown we see the price changes in goods and services in the United States from 1997-2017, measured as the percentage price change since 1997. Positive values indicate an increase in prices since 1997, and negative values represent a price decline. Here we see a distinct divide between consumer durables and technologies (which have typically seen a price decline), and service-based purchases (which have increased in price).

A combination of industrial offshoring, technological innovation and economies of scale have resulted in a price decline in goods such as televisions (-96% since 1997), software (-67%), toys (-69%), and clothing (-4%). In contrast, the prices of goods and services such as education, childcare, medical care, and housing have increased significantly, rising by 150%, 110%, 100% and 58%, respectively.

The observed rise in costs of services may be partly attributed to the so-called ‘Baumol’s cost disease‘, which is an important exception

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Internet Stats Today – The Internet World Stats BlogInternet Stats Today

This subject might seem strange in the Internet Stats pages, however it is a great Internet Marketing indicator. A low unemployment rate means that the country enjoys a healthy economy. It also indicates a good potential market for selling your products or services. Here is the link to the page: https://www.internetworldstats.com/list4.htm


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The Europe Page and the European Union Page at Internet World Stats have both been updated and uploaded. Click on these links to surf the new content.


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For Asia and the Middle East, Internet World Stats has added the GNI per capita figures for the year 2017 from the World Bank records. This has given surprising results and helps understand the country statistics numbers.

The GNI per capita is the dollar value of a country’s final income in a year, divided by its population. It will be reflecting

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C++ Programming – Wikibooks, open books for an open world

This book covers the C++ programming language, its interactions with software design and real life use of the language. It is presented in a series of chapters as an introductory prior to advance courses but can also be used as a reference book. This is an open work; if you find any problems with terms or concepts you can help by contributing to it; your participation is needed and welcomed! You are also welcomed to state any preference, shortcomings, vision for the actual book content, structure or other conceptual matters; see this Wikibook’s discussion page for the right forum for participating.

If you have questions related to C++ that are not addressed on the book, ask at the Q&A or check
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A complete printable version of
C++ Programming is available.
(attention to its size)


A single page version [ edit) with all chapters is available (attention

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10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Technology

Futurists can dish out some exciting and downright scary visions for the future of machines and science that either enhance or replace activities and products near and dear to us.

Being beamed from one location to another by teleportation was supposed to be right around the corner/in our lifetime/just decades away, but it hasn’t become possible yet. Inventions like the VCR that were once high tech — and now aren’t — proved challenging for some: The VCR became obsolete before many of us learned how to program one. And who knew that working with atoms and molecules would become the future of technology? The futurists, of course.

Forecasting the future of technology is for dreamers who hope to innovate better tools — and for the mainstream people who hope to benefit from the new and improved. Many inventions are born in the lab and never make it into the consumer

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Technology Pioneer | World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

The Forum recognizes a limited number of companies each year as Technology Pioneers and incorporates them into its initiatives, activities and events, where they bring cutting-edge insights and novel perspectives to world-critical discussions. Companies selected in the past include: Airbnb, bluebird bio, Bloom Energy, Cyberdyne, Editas Medicine, Foundation Medicine, Google, Kaggle, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Proteus Digital Health, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter and Wikimedia.

Amid major global disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a critical moment for innovative companies to bring forward new ideas

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Internet History Timeline: ARPANET to the World Wide Web

Credit for the initial concept that developed into the World Wide Web is typically given to Leonard Kleinrock. In 1961, he wrote about ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet, in a paper entitled “Information Flow in Large Communication Nets.” Kleinrock, along with other innnovators such as J.C.R. Licklider, the first director of the Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO), provided the backbone for the ubiquitous stream of emails, media, Facebook postings and tweets that are now shared online every day. Here, then, is a brief history of the Internet:

The precursor to the Internet was jumpstarted in the early days of computing history, in 1969 with the U.S. Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). ARPA-funded researchers developed many of the protocols used for Internet communication today. This timeline offers a brief history of the Internet’s evolution:

1965: Two computers at MIT Lincoln Lab communicate with one another using packet-switching

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Tech of the future: technology predictions for our world in 2050

When we think about 2050 it seems like it is ages from now and we imagine a completely different world, but in reality, it is just 30 years from now and we can already know what will be possible to have by that time. We have a lot of environmental, social problems and let’s see how technology may solve them by 2050. Today’s article is about tech of the future!

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Before writing this article, I did a small research and checked what industry influencers think about this topic, for example Mr Kurzweil, Business Insider, Forbes, etc.
Let’s start with Ray Kurzweil – the world’s foremost futurist, authoring bestsellers like “The Age of Spiritual Machines” and “How to Create a Mind.” He’s so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence

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